Your online life – how do you do it? {and is that the right choice?}

Your online life – how do you do it? {and is that the right choice?}

There are tons of articles about everything everywhere. Especially more lately when it comes to how much time people spend online (phones), and how much they actually “share.”

Some of the worst situations have people who are “connected” in practically all aspects of their lives. Smart appliances, thermostats, refrigerators, cameras, scheduling, photos, social media, and everything in-between. Transportation, eating, brushing their teeth (yes that is real), and even more. There are “apps” for almost anything (even disconnecting!)

They cannot go a single hour, let alone one full day without “checking” or fiddling with something. A full-on dependency. And this is people who don’t have any real business need, too!

What happened?

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What is the long term impact of this digital reliance?

Many people have years, often times more than a decade of their lives chronicled on some web-based site, app, or service.

While fun to use as a “time machine” to look back (the way we used to look at photo albums at home) – doesn’t it feel a bit strange to have all that stuff in some “cloud?”

You have NO IDEA what they (the big tech companies) are doing with all that information. You might have suspicions about what they do. But never will anyone really know what happens in the back-rooms of these tech oligarchs. Or what kind of massive database they’re building without your permission. And how and when they use that information you give up freely (like your location).

We’ve all heard stories about how these big companies have been caught red-handed doing things they said they’d never do. But not enough people complain (or jump ship) to make any impact at all.

And what happens if one day your accounts are just “gone?” That is happening fast and furious across the web – especially if you hold an opinion that differs from the current hive mind.

But that is all besides the point. What happens to the human brain long-term?

Dumbing down of the world

Regardless if you’re a “pro” at all these new tools, we feel something terrible is on the horizon.

Take one simple example – technology in cars. Specifically “safety” mechanisms. Rearview cameras. Lane change warnings. Those two aspects alone have entirely taken away people’s ability to have real awareness of their surroundings. Relying on tech. Forget moving, or stretching your neck, etc. It just takes a few weeks with those tech “improvements” to entirely forget how it used to be done.

Same with using YouTube to see how others did things. Instead of learning via experience (trial and error), you can get instant answers without the long-term benefit of understanding how to do it wrong as well.

And with everyone chatting instantly with everyone (many whom they’ve never made eye contact with) – that is having impacts we can see in the real world. How many people do you know who have lost the ability to have good conversations with in person? I can tell right away. Especially with strangers you’ve never met before. People are becoming less people-like!

It’s like all this “tech” has re-programmed most of the western world. If you took a time machine from 1989 to 2019 – you’d be blown away by the lack of humanity around. And how useless most people are without their handheld brains.

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So how much of YOUR life is online?

Other than our web publications – we use the internet (home, phone, etc.) for two basic things.

A web browser (and website URLs) for information gathering, some shopping. Little to no entertainment, games, sports, or news. And an email client for communications. We have social media accounts but rarely use.

Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself.

  • Why are you on social media? Friends, family? What was wrong with calling or just emailing? Does the spying social media invasiveness bug you whatsoever? Why? Why not? What if we could prove to you it has shaped exactly how you’ve changed since you started? Would you be creeped out?
  • How much time do you spend flipping through things like timelines? Or feeds? Have you ever added up how much time you’re looking at the lives of others – instead of living your own?
  • What about news, gossip, or other forms of entertainment? On top of how much time you passively consume either TV, streaming (Netflix), or both? What do you accomplish being entertained?
  • Has anyone EVER received a dramatic, life-changing return on investment (ROI) on any new-fangled “tech” implementation? Such as:
    • Smart appliances
    • Alternative energy
    • Electric cars
  • What about social justice? Or the “outrage” or “offended” phenomenons? Do any of you see the “invisible hand” behind these mechanisms? If so, do you feel like a victim, and are ashamed that you were so gullible?
  • Sharing. Do you realize how your sharing tendencies have changed since before the “smartphone?” Do you feel stupid sharing almost everything you do? Like a cup of fucking coffee? Or some place you just visited? Why? Why document so much of your life? Because everyone else is, and you’ll feel “left out?” Isn’t that fucking retarded to be subconsciously coerced like that? Why don’t you stop using social media?

We could go on.

I mean there are certainly some okay things with new developments. We like the LED lights for the most part. Weak ROI, but with less hassle. (Long-term blue-light impacts not known yet).

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But the main aspect of living a simpler life is:

Organic brain power is preserved the less you’re immersed online or with tech

Experiencing events with no digital “record” of them is one of our favorites.

While most people absolutely MUST take photos (or worse, “share” with others) almost all of their doings (going to a show, visiting a new place, eating some food) – we love taking in the moments with our bodily sensors. Eyes, ears, nose – and relying on our memories.

The brain has an interesting way of sorting all that stuff out. What remains memorable – and what doesn’t. Additionally – your grey-matter also has a neat way of developing patterns and trends over the long term.

All of those beautiful things the most powerful “computers” in the world can do are being lost by shifting the load to a stupid phone or tablet.

We enjoy being in our moments. Looking back and reminiscing via your photo gallery is not the same (especially since most people fake it – as well as use fancy filters). Real experience is lost (and most certainly diminished) when you spend your time pecking away on your phones looking for affirmation from others.

Use your senses and live a truer life.

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